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Avista partners to replace aging, structurally unsound trees
City of Spokane Urban Forestry and Spokane Conservation District partnering on tree replacement project on portion of South Grand Blvd.


Nov. 16, 2015: To help ensure service reliability and public safety, aging maple trees on South Grand Blvd. from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center south to St. John’s Cathedral are being removed. Through a partnership with City of Spokane Urban Forestry and Spokane Conservation District, utility-friendly tree species will be planted along that portion of South Grand Blvd.

While beautiful, maple trees naturally grow to be 60 feet tall which is not compatible with overhead power lines. The result is the trees must be routinely pruned, causing stress to the trees’ health, public safety concerns from structurally unsound trees, and traffic disruptions.

“Planting the right tree in the right place ensures the health of trees and eliminates the need for pruning those located near power lines,” said Larry Lee, Avista’s vegetation management program manager. “This project will enhance the aesthetics of one of the South Hill’s historic streets and the north entrance to the Manito Park neighborhood.”

The removal work is expected to start Nov. 18 and be completed by Nov. 20. During this time, traffic in the Rockwood Blvd. to Sumner Ave. blocks of South Grand Blvd. will be reduced to one lane heading north from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Japanese lilac trees, paper bark maples and native shrubs will be included in the replacement planting, which is expected to be completed this fall by Spokane Conservation District.

Garth Davis, Spokane Conservation District’s forestry program manager, said, “The Conservation District participates in projects like this because it truly makes our urban forest more sustainable.”

"The City's long-standing partnership with Avista and Spokane Conservation District has been critically important in enhancing our urban forest canopy. Working with our partners on this project and future opportunities to plant the right tree in the right place will provide benefits to our community for decades to come," said Angel Spell, City of Spokane urban forester.

 Information on planting the right tree in the right place is available at www.avistautilities.com/vegetation.

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